The Bodhisattva Path: A Study Intensive with Holly Gayley and Loden Nyima

with Holly Gayley & Loden Nyima

August 26th—October 21st

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  • $100 Full Price
  • $120 Sponsor
  • $80 BSC Member
  • $40 Subsidized
Room: not specified

The Bodhisattva Path
A Study Intensive with Holly Gayley and Loden Nyima

Wednesdays 7-9pm MT, August 26th to October 21, 2020

Join us for a deep dive into the Mahayana classic, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by the eighth-century Indian master Shantideva.

The Mahayana teachings illuminate the inseparability of wisdom and compassion along the path of awakening. The profound view of openness teaches us to recognize interdependence, expand our sphere of care and concern to all living creatures, and discover our buddha nature. It offers a pragmatic way of living with compassion, courage, and insight to meet the challenges of daily life and the social issues of our times.

This eight-week course will focus on the Mahayana classic, The Way of the Bodhisattva, by Shantideva as the principal source and guide to the bodhisattva path. In reading each chapter together, we will explore the dimensions of bodhicitta or awakened heart, the nuances of the six paramitas or perfections that make up the bodhisattva path, and the profound insight into the dynamic and elusive nature of reality.

To supplement the source text, we will draw on commentaries by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, and Kunzang Palden for further illumination. Each two-hour class will include compassion practice, an interactive talk, and time for discussion.

Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva includes many powerful and beautiful teachings for how we can rely upon and invoke the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in many practices and elements of our Mahayana path. To allow us to bring these into our experience, we will be introducing a simple and open-to-everyone sadhana of Shakyamuni Buddha entitled Treasury of Blessings: A Sadhana of the Buddha by the 19th century master Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche.  Gelong Loden Nyima will be introducing this practice on Wednesday 26 August at 7-9pm (our usual class time).  Please attend this session if you are planning on taking the course, or view the recording at your own leisure.  Digital copies of this text are freely available, which we will provide.

If these rates present a financial obstacle please let us know—nobody interested in these teachings will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Eileen at [email protected] for assistance with our generosity policy.

Holly Gayley is a scholar and translator of contemporary Buddhist literature in Tibet and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research areas include gender and sexuality in Buddhist tantra, ethical reform in contemporary Tibet, and theorizing translation, both literary and cultural, in the transmission of Buddhist teachings to North America. For almost two decades, she has regularly led meditation workshops and retreats and serves as a senior teacher in the Shambhala tradition.




Gelong Loden Nyima is a fully ordained Buddhist monk. He lived at Gampo Abbey from 2009 – 2017 where he completed shedra studies, practiced intensively, and served in various roles including as Shastri. He now lives and teaches at Shambhala Mountain Center, and spends a portion of each year in retreat.